The Portland Police Bureau has stopped taking intoxicated people to a sobering center as of Dec. 23, due to safety concerns from the nonprofit running it. The city is in the process of seeking out another agency to take over the sobering center’s contract next June.
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The millions of dollars and countless hours that Oregon health officials have devoted to fighting the opioid epidemic in recent years have had an effect: Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have fallen to a 14-year low.
The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.